Rain Couldn't Stop Am O'Gansett Parade

Marchers huddled under umbrellas in the Am O'Gansett Parade on Saturday. Morgan McGivern

“It might have been a bright blue day, but rainclouds had to come this way,” sang a sometime resident of Amagansett, Paul McCartney. “They're watering everything that they can see.”

It was with that sunny optimism that the seventh annual Am O’Gansett Parade, a lighthearted trip up Main Street led by this year’s grand marshal, Michael Clark of Crossroads Music, set out at 12:01 p.m. on Saturday. The rain may have kept some spectators away, but spirits were bright on Main Street and its sidewalks.

Mr. Clark, with his son, Chris, led a procession that included Justice Steven Tekulsky and East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, Junior Troop 375 of the Girl Scouts, representatives of the Amagansett Library, the East Hampton Town Lifeguards, and Amagansett’s bravest, the latter group loudly proclaiming their presence as the hamlet’s fire trucks rolled up the street.

Also gliding by atop a pickup truck was Mr. Amagansett himself, Gordon Ryan. Mr. Ryan, an attorney, earned that title at the annual pageant last month. As “Gordie George of the Parish of the Promised Land,” Mr. Ryan bested all competitors at the fund-raiser for the Donald T. Sharkey Memorial Community Fund, held at the Stephen Talkhouse, and gained the right -- nay, the responsibility -- to appear before, and above, his loyal subjects.

After the parade’s conclusion, at approximately 12:06 p.m., the fun continued with live music at Crossroads Music and across the street at Innersleeve Records.

Like the rain, the parade is an annual indicator that the long winter is nearing its end. “A seed is waiting in the earth, for rain to come and give him birth. It's all he really needs to set him free,” Mr. McCartney sang. “So the next time you see rain, it ain't bad. Don't complain, it rains for you and me.”

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Michael Clark of Crossroads Music led the parade as the grand marshal.Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh